…As attempt to vilify Kojo Bonsu nosedives
Attempts to drag the hard won reputation of the former mayor of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), Kojo Bonsu, into the mud by the incumbent Chief Executive Officer, Osei Assibey Antwi, has backfired as his predecessor provides concrete proof of his stewardship which exonerate him during his tenure as KMA CEO and also his willingness to cooperate fully with any investigations that would be undertaken by the current mayor.
A statement made available to this paper and signed by the spokesperson for the former KMA Boss, Sammy Gyamfi, expressed the mayor’s dismay at efforts by some mischievous elements within the ruling NPP to fabricate and concoct falsehood against him.
“The mayor is however dismayed by the fabrications and concoctions that some mischievous elements are engaged in their discussion of this issue and would want to caution the public to proceed on the side of the facts and the truth as far as these issues are concerned,” it stated.
The current KMA administration, led by its CEO, Osei Assibey Antwi, and his cohorts, has sought to accuse Mr. Bonsu of causing the astronomical increment of the assembly’s judgement debts from about GHc6million to GHc50million just between the months of October and December, 2016,
though he was not at post then.
But according to the spokesperson none of the judgement debts in issue occurred during Mr. Bonsu’s tenure and emphasised that his administration never incurred any legal liabilities for which judgement debts were awarded against the assembly.
He maintained that the former KMA boss rather helped the assembly mount a defence to some of these actions the best way he could through the engagements of local and external solicitors, including Sory@Law, to help the assembly defend some of these cases.
“And it was through such initiatives that the assembly won its case against FREKO FD LTD over the Kejetia take-over case. There are many more examples of this fact. He cannot verify the claim by the mayor that between October to December 2016, the judgment debts of the assembly astronomically increased from about 6million to 50million Cedis as he was not at post then. He resigned in July 2016. He however finds the claim strange and would want the mayor to provide further and better particulars of that jump So as to trace the history and cause of those JDs,” it said.
Although the former KMA mayor agrees with the figures churned out by Hon. Assibey Antwi as accurate and precise, he is surprised about the various verbal attacks and criticism on him.
“He says the commentary on this issue is sad as many who have spoken about the issue do not appreciate the facts of the issue,”
It explained further that the technical experts for the project somewhere in 2013 estimated an amount of cost $4.4million at the time when the dollar to cedi rate was about GHc2 as the estimated cost of the project, inclusive of the cost of the land which the project is currently sitting on and so the land which was eventually gotten for free coupled with other factors made the project cheaper.
“This estimate notwithstanding, the assembly due to the constraints of resources only budgeted a commutative amount of about 5.3 million Cedis ($1.2m) for the period btn 2013-2016 in various budgets and under various sources of funding for the project. However, in actual fact, the assembly has as at now paid an amount of about 5millon Cedis for the project with few outstanding debts.
“It is important to note that what has been paid so far (5m) is lower than what was budgeted for the project (5.3m). Now the question is, is it a crime to spend less than the estimated and budgeted cost of a project?? Shouldn’t that rather be a positive achievement,” he quizzed.
The statement then revealed that Rattary Park is not only a recreational and tourist destination for many who visit Kumasi now, but is also one of the biggest sources of IGF for KMA and that proceeds from the park alone stand at about 2.3m Cedis in only a period of 2 years, a vindication of the bold step the former KMA CEO took in undertaking this historic project.